Tuesday, June 25, 2013




After spending the majority of Monday trapped in the house by the day's heat & humidity my goal this morning was to get outside & do something, go somewhere, get some fresh air, see something different. Air was heavy again with a thick cloud cover & the threat of rain was close. Kelly headed off to Goderich early for more blood tests & to pick up some medical paraphernalia for additional upcoming tests. While there she asked a few questions and………………..discovered something!!

Kelly's Valley Fever test had been done in Goderich May 30th. Yesterday we were told in Stratford the test results were not back yet. After her blood work this morning Kelly walked from the Medical Clinic across the road to the Goderich Hospital to inquire about why her Valley Fever tests were not back yet. A quick check showed the results were back & may have been back for awhile!! Somewhere communications lines had broken down & Dr. Heffner in Stratford had not received those results. Kelly asked the lady at the hospital if she could tell her the results. Answer was no. Kelly phoned Dr. Heffner's office in Stratford to notify them the results were sitting in a file at the Goderich hospital. Said they would look into it & call us back.  At the time of publishing this tonight no one has yet called…………………


Pheebs & I drove our usual route to Goderich about 8:30 this morning, picked up some gas, grabbed a couple Burritos at McDonalds & once again headed out for a short jaunt through the countryside. Made a mental note not to buy Burritos anymore. Luckily the heavy cloud cover prevented the Sun's hot rays from reaching our moist air & the morning's drive turned out nice with the Jeep windows down. About the only thing I don't like about the Jeep is the gas mileage. Not the best. Don't need to intentionally depress myself by knowing how many miles it get's to the gallon but whatever it is I sure wish it was better. Same as our RV's. No need for me to know miles to gallons numbers. Just one of those little things it's best to accept it is what it is & motor on. However, as it was, after putting $70 in the Jeep’s gas tank this morning I just couldn't get myself too interested in a long drive. We were home by 10 which was not the best because it just made the day seem longer. Sun came out around noon & things warmed up again.


I don't like TV commercials or those dreaded infomercials any more than anyone else. Maybe I dislike them even more than most. But there is one type of infomercial that catches me & sets me down quietly in my chair to listen. Even if it's a whole half hour long. I never have or likely ever will buy the product but my like for the product carries me through all the customary sales pitches. It's always a pleasant type of infomercial filled with many, many, old memories. It’s those Time/Warner type music Infomercials where they play snippets of songs from the 50's, 60's, 70's etc. Could be the golden age of Country Music, could be the Doo Wop era or the Motown sound. Maybe the heavy age of Rock or romantic ballads of the 50's.  Big Band.  Doesn't really matter because it is all memory music for me. Each song brings back a different set of nostalgic feelings. People, places, events, good times, not so good times. It 's all there in each snippet of music that is played. Not the whole song, just snippets with accompanying old film clips, or still photos. Each snippet lasting for maybe 3 to 10 seconds or so. Just long enough for my mind to access itself & swing open the old music vault door & play out yet another scenario or set of past circumstances in my mind’s eye. And then it's off to the next music clip & the next whole set of memories. Nope, not all infomercials are extremely annoying, just most of them. Except for the ones that pleasantly whisper in my ear the days of music long ago………………..:))



For all intents & purposes I had intended the above paragraph to be the last one for this post.  That is until an email landed on my desktop just after supper.  Reading the email I was once again very moved by a reader’s thoughts.  A very big warm heartfelt thank you to the reader from Florida & all the readers over the years who have taken the time to write me regarding my blog.   Tonight’s email, like so many others, was filled with kind words, encouragement, & concern.  I would really like to write sometime why these sincere emails always move me emotionally.  But of course I can’t.  No matter how carefully I would chose my words, no matter how carefully I would chose my phrases, & no matter how carefully I would arrange my thoughts, I would probably not get my feelings across the way I intended.    Instead let me just once again offer to all my friends, readers, & supporters, a great big thank you to you all.  If it were not for the inspiration you kind folks freely offer, there would be no reason for me to write my blog or take the photos I do.  A big thanks to each & every one of you for supporting this great writing, photography, & travel hobby of mine.……………………:))             


GROANER'S CORNER: Did you know skipping school to bungee jump will get you suspended.


- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. Photos tonight, as every night, are lovely! I enjoy seeing them every night!

    May Valley fever will be the answer so ya'll can move on to the cure!!

  2. Can't believe how something so important got filed away...if Kelly had not gone to ask, I could be years before you got an answer. I think this is a good sign...hoping for great news to get her on the right track!

    I love the backyard photo...daisies are one of my favorites!

  3. Good thing that Kelly did go and ask about her test results, hopeful something worth while and fixable.

  4. I have always ignored mpg stats. Who needs them?... not me. It is what it is, and doesn't even enter into my thoughts of where I want to go.

  5. Even if Valley Fever is not the correct answer please keep pushing those doctors! Something is wrong. Kelly is not a whiner and the harm that whatever it is doing to her body, heart and lungs is not good. The doctors have had more than enough time to figure this out or turn it over to someone who knows more than they do!

  6. Hopefully the found test will help in a diagnosis...it never ceases to amaze me that we cant get a copy of tests about ourselves. you may think you did not express yourself about your feelings, but personally heard it loud and clear. and your photos are phenomenal pls dont stop

  7. Grrrr, don't you just hate when the medical people drop the ball. I have read so many times lately of people going to the ER for X-rays thinking they broke something. The ER's say nothing broken but weeks or a month later after continued problems they find out they do have a break. It happened to my sister and my nephew.

    Years ago I ordered the Country set from Time/Life. I liked the music but I didn't think they would ever quit calling trying to sell me something else. Thank goodness for caller ID now. Things have gotten so bad with sales calls and scams that we don't answer if we don't recognize the number.

  8. When I had tv I would always turn those infomercials off as fast as I could, no matter what the topic. They just take up 30 minutes by repeating themselves constantly. The worst is PBS which will show ten minutes of old music clips and then have a 15 minute pledge break. I like the old country music, but I wish they would put the doo wop to sleep permanently!

    Personally, I don't think there is a valid excuse for a medical group to file away test results and not forward them to the person's doctor. I'm sure you are like me, sick and tired of dealing with medical people and issues. Hang in there - the answer may be close.

  9. I can only say ditto toeveryone. I love all of your pictures. You give great visual pleasure.

  10. Sometimes words can 'cut to the quick' as we, well know..and then there are those who can put their thoughts are stated so eloquently that you know just what they are thinking and what they want to say..I can only wish that I had that talent!
    Blogging can be tough some days as 'we all open up our lives' to criticism but is sure nice to be appreciated and get those 'feel good comments and email from readers'..makes all the writing worthwhile!
    hope that Kelly's test results are good news!

  11. Don't know how it works in Canada, but I always ask for a copy of test results whenever I have lab work done. The lab cannot tell the patient the results if they call later but if a request is made for a copy at the time of the test, it is mailed to the patient. I sometimes get the copy before I hear from my doctor. Might be something to check into and see if you can do that. Helps avoid those "missing in action" test results we have all experienced. Also, good to have copies when you travel, to carry in a medical file. Helps to have all information handy should something happen while you are away from home.

    Thanks as always for posting such pleasing to the eye photos. I always enjoy them.


  12. I hope you here the results tomorrow,
    too bad they dropped the ball with the test results. Keep on doing what your doing Al, a lot of people get a lot of enjoyment from your blog.

  13. Had a valley fever test in August and knew the answer comes in 10 to 12 days . I was thinking about Kelly's test results just tonight knowing they had to be in. So glad she is on top of it now.

  14. I am amazed here also by the lack of communication between medical institutions..No one has ever contacted Uncle Jr's former medical facility in Chicago about his records...Sure hope some answers will be forthcoming..The worst is NOT knowing..Let's face it and fix it, right?

  15. We appreciate your daily ramblings and photos...
    Regarding tv commercials: there are more now than ever, on some one hour shows, twenty minutes worth! We finally bought a DVR and started recording what we want to watch. When a commercial comes on now we fast forward thru it in about 5 seconds...a real time and boredom saver.
    Box Canyon Mark from Lovely Ouray, Colorado

  16. ...and thank you back for being there for us. It means a lot. Love your photography.

    I have always maintained that one must be proactive in their own health care and I know that kelly is.

  17. I can't help but think every time a doctor takes his or her time to return a call--especially when results of test are involved. They have to know the stress it causes patients. I always wonder how they would feel if the tests were for themselves or someone they love. Very sad commentary about the medical field.

    Hoping that Kelly's results will lead her down the path of treatment and cure. Pats to Pheebs.